Cine Lenses with Maximum Flexibility
In 4th quarter of 2010, ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 lenses will be available with F-mount. The Compact Prime CP.2 series, presented last April, were the first lenses developed especially for shooting with HDSLR cameras. Since then, the lenses have been highly sought after by cinematographers and film photographers alike. In addition to the PL-, EF- and F-mount, Carl Zeiss will soon also be offering the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses with Micro 4/3 and A-mount.

Recognized widely as "the world’s first set of cine lenses designed especially for HDSLR cameras" (, the Carl Zeiss  Compact Prime CP.2 lenses feature interchangeable mounts, making it possible to upgrade to any existing or future cine or stills camera without the need to invest in a  new kit set if you migrate from Nikon to Canon, or vice-versa. These will be available in a choice of different focal lengths ranging from 18mm to 85mm.

The new Carl Zeiss Compact Primes CP.2. True cine lenses with changeable mounts between Canon EF and Arri PL.
21mm T2.9 Distagon T* 28mm T2.1 Distagon T* 35mm T2.1 Distagon T* 50mm T2.1 Planar T* 85mm T2.1 Planar T* Also,  Compact Prime CP.2 18mm/T3.6 Cine Lens (EF Mount ▪ Compact Prime CP.2 21mm/T2.9 Cine Lens (EF Mount ▪ Compact Prime CP.2 25mm/T2.9 Cine Lens (EF Mount) ▪ Compact Prime CP.2 28mm/T2.1 Cine Lens (EF Mount) ▪ Compact Prime CP.2 35mm/T2.1 Cine Lens (EF Mount) ▪ Compact Prime CP.2 50mm/T2.1 Cine Lens (EF Mount) ▪ Compact Prime CP.2 85mm/T2.1 Cine Lens (EF Mount).

 Covering a full-frame 24 x 36 image format with zero vignetting, the CP.2 range is based around a common aperture of T2.1. That’s a significant improvement on ZEISS’ first generation of lenses with a common T-Stop of T2.9. Build-wise there’s scope for manual focus and a consistently round iris should offer cinematographers nice out-of-focus highlights and pleasing bokeh.


Michael Schiehlen of Carl Zeiss talks from the IBC 2010 in
Amsterdam about the Compact Prime CP.2 and
Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2 lenses.

 Lightweight Zoom LWZ.2

The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses’ interchangeable mount means the lenses can be used for many purposes. The lenses have a compact and robust build so that they can handle any demand on the film set. “With the new enhancement of mounts we want to meet the needs of our customers”, says Michael Schiehlen, Head of Sales of Carl Zeiss AG Camera Lens Division. “The possibility of using our CP.2 lenses flexibly for three different camera systems is not only interesting for new customers. Stores that rent cameras and camera equipment also benefit from the lenses’ enhanced flexibility.”

The ZEISS lightweight zoom will also come in with interchangeable PL, EF and F mounts, covering all the obvious video-enabled DSLRs for Nikon and Canon. Because it only weighs around 2 kilograms this light lens should prove useful if you don’t have the scope to use a tripod and want to keep capture handheld. It would be equally convenient if you’re capturing Steadycam shots with a traditional cine camera.

Just in time for the IBC in Amsterdam, Carl Zeiss has announced two new focus lengths that will also be available with F-mount: Compact Prime CP.2 50 mm/T2.1 Makro and CP.2 100mm/ T2.1 CF. They complement the seven focal lengths from 18 to 85 millimeters that are already available.

Carl Zeiss is continuing to experience strong demand for its top-quality manual focus lenses for SLR cameras. The ZE series SLR lenses with an EF mount and its ZF.2 series lenses are proving to be particularly popular. The company’s SLR product family now offers focal lengths ranging from 18 to 100 mm. Speaking at pPhotokina 2010, the Senior Vice President of the Camera Lens Division at Carl Zeiss, Dr. Winfried Scherle, announced that more models are in the pipeline: “We intend to continue systematically expanding our portfolio of SLR camera lenses to provide our customers with an even greater range of options,” Scherle said.


The Carl Zeiss Camera Lens Division — currently celebrating its 120th anniversary year — is delighted with the interest generated so far at Photokina, IBC and Cinec.  Also, Carl Zeiss presented  its line of  lenses last weekend at  Photo Cine News 2010 Expo in Los Angeles and will have a booth at the DV Expo 2010  in Pasadena. Its efforts to create a memorable brand experience at any trade fair have met with an enthusiastic response, and it has been posting regular blog entries on events at Photokina and IBC  as well as Facebook and Twitter updates. Watch video from the IBC above, also available On Demand.  Click on our  main video window viewing.

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Jay said...

I purchased a set of the CP lenses from Hot Rod Cameras. Great experience, great lenses. Highly recommended! A+

michael said...

These lenses are very powerful. I wish I can have them but I know I still have to learn many things in photography.

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